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FROM THE LEATHER TO THE SHOE
Everything begins with the selection of our raw materials; we always source leathers regionally. The further processing takes place exclusively according to strict guidelines (gold-rated). We mainly use the so-called "vegetable tanning", a purely natural tanning process that was already used by indigenous people and takes 24 days of full care. Our impressive colour range of 78 shades is water-based. We both sew and glue our soles, the glue used for this is made of latex and therefore a natural product. After around 250 steps of production, a derby shoe with a leather sole is produced, which is 98% biodegradable.
In this way we offer to our customers not only sustainable products, but also superior quality. Our shoes are particularly outstanding for their breathability and durability.
CORPORATE CULTURE ON SITE
Our commitment is not only limited to the production method, but begins with the selection of our employees. In our ateliers we employ only very talented & experienced craftspersons and in return, offer them above-average working conditions. At the same time, they benefit from training during all their career, improving especially in very special techniques, which is characteristic for Melvin & Hamilton.
We also promote and preserve the traditional art of weaving. Our accessories and shoe models made of woven leather are among the bestsellers in our collections. The studios we employ all comply with the recognised gold rated standard.
This is how our innovative manufacturing processes set us apart from the competitors.
RESPECT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
During the multiple production stages of creation, the water required for each step is salvaged then purified by ourselves, in order to be used again.
We carefully chose and keep our transport routes to a minimum, avoiding the production of unecessary CO2.
We also constantly optimise our packaging: the one from our final product, but also the one used in transport or the packing of the materials needed during the production process.